TEHRAN - Iran's parliament has banned airplanes from flying across the Islamic Republic during the Adhan (call for prayers).
According to the new directive, airplanes are banned from flying during adhan, especially during the call to morning prayers," Ali Taheri, spokesman for parliament's cultural committee, told Mehr news agency.
He said the ban was issued by the Civil Aviation organization of Iran to help people fulfil their religious duties.The Adhan (The Call to Prayer)
Under the new regulations, planes will be allowed to take off a half an hour after the call for Al-Fajr prayers.
Hamid Reza Pahlevani, the head of the Aviation Organization, said the measure is meant to help passengers have the time "to carry out their religious duties", according to the Iranian Students' News Agency ISNA.
Earlier, several Iranian lawmakers have called for the flights falling on Adhan time to be cancelled or postponed.
The Adhan is the call to announce that it is time for a particular obligatory Salah (ritual prayer).
The Adhan is raised five times a day.
Iran has enforced Shari``ah since the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the Shah.
Hardliners have pressed for stricter enforcement of religious measures since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won office in 2005 promising a return to the revolution's values.
Taheri also said serious attention will be given to observing the strict dress code for women working at airports or airline companies, according to Reuters.
Women in Iran are obliged to cover their hair and wear long, loose clothing to disguise their figures and protect their modesty.Violators can be flogged, fined or imprisoned.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net